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Michael Rudman I Joke Too Much Platform Event

National Dorfman Theatre Friday 1st May

Dorfman Theatre
National Theatre
Upper Ground
South Bank

There will be a Platform event on Friday 1 May at 6.00pm - 6.45pm at the Dorfman Theatre National Theatre, for director Michael Rudman. His autobiography I JOKE TOO MUCH was published by Capercaillie Books in August 2014. This will be chaired by broadcaster and writer Paul Allen. There will also be a book signing at the National Theatre Bookshop.

Michael Rudman was an associate director at the National Theatre for ten years and director of the Lyttelton Theatre for 3 years.

I Joke Too Much will be reprinted in the spring.

Quotes ’This book is a feast for theatre lovers. Highly recommended’. The American

‘There’s a good laugh on every page’. Spectator

‘Michael Rudman is a teller of tales to his core. It’s accurate, surprising, wise, reckless, affecting. And always it is very,very funny’. Simon Callow.

Michael Rudman is an American born Theatre Director of international repute and has directed award winning plays with many outstanding actors, on Broadway, the West End, the National Theatre, He has been Artistic Director of the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Hampstead Theatre, Sheffield Theatre and Chichester Theatre.

His productions include the Tony Award winning Death of a Salesman with Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich, Death of A Salesman with Warren Mitchell at the National Theatre, A Man for All Seasons with Martin Shaw, Fallen Angels with Felicity Kendal and Frances de la Tour, Michael Frayn’s Donkey’s Years, Alphabetical Order and Clouds.

At the National his productions have included Fathers and Sons by Turgenev, adapted by Brian Friel with Alec McCowen, Ralph Fiennes and Richard Pascoe and Six Characters In Search of An Author with Barbara Jefford, Ralph Fiennes and Robin Bailey .

While Michael was Artistic Director at Hampstead, the theatre won the Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Achievement where productions included Mike Leigh’s ‘Abigail’s Party’ and Foco Novo’s ‘The Elephant Man’. Michael won the Drama Desk Award for The Changing Room at the Morosco Theatre and directed Hamlet in Central Park and at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in Lincoln Center, New York.

Michael’s recent productions include Old Masters by Simon Gray at Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, with Sam Waterston and Brian Murray and Chin Chin by Francis Billetdoux with Simon Callow and Felicity Kendal UK tour 2013.

Michael Rudman was born in Texas and educated at Oberlin College and St Edmund Hall, Oxford. His career began in the UK at the Nottingham Playhouse, where he was Assistant Director and Associate Producer to John Neville from 1964-1968. He was Director of the Traverse from 1970-1973, after which he became Artistic Director at Hampstead Theatre until 1978 when he was invited to join the National Theatre by Sir Peter Hall and directed many successful plays there over the next ten years. He spent the 1990 season at the Chichester Festival Theatre and then as Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres.

Paul Allen presented BBC Radio 3's Night Waves for many years. He adapted Mark Herman's Brassed Off for the stage. He has also set several radio and theatre plays in Sheffield, where he lives, is the biographer of Alan Ayckbourn and teaches at the universities of Sheffield and Warwick. He is currently working on a book about Shakespeare's Falstaff.

Friday 1st May 2015
6.00pm - 6.45pm Tickets: £4.00
Tube: Waterloo
Buses: 1, 4, 26, 45, 59, 63, 68, 76, 77, 139, 168, 100, 171, 172, 176, 188, 211, 243, 341, 381, 507, 521, X68

4 February 2015